Emma and Julia Love Ballet by Barbara McClintock

 Published by Scholastic Press


Summary:  Emma and Julia both love ballet.  Emma goes to her beginners’ class, while Julia takes a class with the company she’s part of.  When Emma warms up and stretches, Julia is doing the same in her class.  Both work hard at the barre, then soar through their dance moves.  At the end of the day, Emma is excited to be going to a ballet performance.  Afterwards, she gets to go backstage, where she meets some of the dancers, including Julia.  Emma gets a big hug, and some words of encouragement that Julia was also once a little girl who loved ballet.  32 pages; ages 4-8.

Pros:  Young ballerinas will love seeing the dancers of all ages on these pages.  The illustrations are simple, yet detailed enough to give a real feel for the world of ballet.  Bringing the two ballet fans together creates a satisfying and inspiring ending.

Cons: How did Emma get to go backstage? Readers might think this is a standard part of every performance.


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